SILVER SPRINGS, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Lyon County Animal Services is investigating alleged mistreatment of horses at Starlight Sanctuary in Silver Springs.
Officers say they viewed approximately 70 horses on the property. Officers then found appropriate feed and water for the animals, but observed some horses that were underweight or had other health concerns. Animal Services has requested a veterinarian to respond to the site to determine the health of the animals in question.
Lyon County Animal Services reports that the Sanctuary, an animal rescue operation, has been in existence for the past decade with no reported violations of county code or state law.
Lyon County Animal Services has also been working an additional allegation of animal abuse/neglect on 4th Street in Silver Springs. In this case it has been reported that numerous barnyard animals had been left unattended by a renter.
Lyon County Animal Services discovered that the multiple animal operation had been under the care of a friend until food had run out. The property owner has been providing feed and volunteers have been used to feed and water the animals.
Lyon County Animal Services has requested a veterinarian to respond to the sight and determine the health of the animals. This case is also an active criminal investigation.
Both of these cases are criminal investigations. Lyon County has and says they will continue to monitor the animals to ensure that they are receiving food, water and following the medical directions issued by the veterinarian.